The University Park Mall is getting a makeover

MISHAWAKA Shoppers can expect big changes before the end of the year in the Princess City. The University Park Mall is getting an interior facelift.

The project officially kicks off Thursday morning at a ceremonial tile breaking. Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood and several other dignitaries will be on hand to introduce the project.

The renovation includes new flooring, paint and more comfortable seating throughout the mall. The biggest change will be a revamp in the food court as it's transformed into a "Dining Pavillion," that will seat 546 guests. Shoppers can also expect new bathrooms and more space for families, including additional rooms for nursing mothers.

The multi-million dollar renovation project is expected to wrap up by fall, before the holiday season. According to mall staff, the project should not affect shoppers.

"Most of the work will be done during the night," said Irene McKiernan, the Director of Marketing and Business Development at the mall. "So there will be no impact to stores. All of our stores will remain open, the food court vendors will remain open."

The last time the mall saw any upgrade was in 2008.

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